It’s Them. (Start Right Where You Are)

It’s the economy.
It’s your job.
It’s the boss.
It’s the Internet.
It’s him, her and them. (Especially THEM!)

You may be believing that the only reason you’re not moving forward on your project is because someone or something is in your way.

You’re pretty sure that you’d be just fine if it weren’t for those outside circumstances.

Or that person.

Or that group of people.

But here’s the problem: You can’t control them.

And they are NOT going to change.

Your job is not going to change.
That person is not going to change.
The condition of the world is not going to alter itself to suit you better.

So stop trying to control things you cannot control.

Let me say that again: STOP trying to control the things over which you have no control.

And quit giving those things so much space inside of your mind.

Just bless them, and, inasmuch as is possible, forget them.

Quit having imaginary arguments with them about how they should be treating you better.

Quit complaining. Entirely.

Instead, put as much of your focus as you can on the things you CAN control.

Namely: YOU.

You control how often you take a deep breath. You control the food you eat. You control the number of times you think loving, grateful thoughts.

You control the stories you tell yourself about you, your work and the world.

Shifting your focus from “out there” to “in here” will have an immediate and radical impact on your life. You will have reclaimed your power.

And here’s the wiggly bit — from that new position of power, you actually might be able to have an impact on the outside world.

My friend Jason has made a commitment to himself that every time he travels, he makes an effort to be the kindest person that anyone at that airport deals with that day. He considers it his personal mission to make traveling a gentler experience for himself and for everyone he meets. Pretty great, huh?

Simply by shifting his attention from the things he can’t control (TSA, delayed flights, crowded waiting areas, crying children) and paying strict attention to that which he can control (his attitude, his gratitude, his sense of humor, his breathing, his recognition of the Divine in everyone he meets) Jason manages to turn what can be a grueling experience into a blessing.

When you keep your focus “out there,” you are a victim.

When you keep your focus “in here,” you’re a transformational agent of change.

Little shift; big difference.

This little missive is #3 in a series of 7 that I’m doing to encourage you to Start Right Where You Are.

Start Right Where You Are is a lovely, live, 6-week teleclass that starts next Friday, Oct. 16th. It’s only $197 (payment plan available) and, as usual, “satisfaction guaranteed or your tuition cheerfully refunded.”

Here’s where you can go to find out more about it:

And here’s where you can watch the straight-from-the-heart preview event:

Which got these responses:

“awesome very helpful answer – so joyfully actionable. I’m on it!” – K.

“totally laughing out loud” – C.

“Yep! I even snorted” – T

“love that reframing – actually brought tears for honoring and being authentic..” – K.

“very emotional…. thank you Sam” – S.

When was the last time a webinar made you laugh AND cry?!!?

Plus there’s a special offer that’s only good for the first 50 people who take advantage of it, so listen SOON, OK?

So just to recap, here are your opportunities:

1) Spend 15 minutes right now working on a project that is dear to your heart.

2) Watch the “Procrastination & Desire” video here:

3) Check out Start Right Where You Are at and see if it feels like a good fit for you.

And please write me back and let me know how it goes for you, OK?

Remember: The World Needs Your Art.

Reduce the Scope of Your Project

Reduce the Scope of Your Project

“It’s big, R.J.! Big!” says the screenwriter to the old-time Hollywood producer.

Your vision may also have first appeared to you in breathtaking Cinemascope and stereophonic sound.

But you may be paralyzing yourself with the grandiosity of your vision.

Reducing the size of your project might free you up.

So rather than trying to create an international convention of lute lovers complete with presentations, performances, and a trade fair, perhaps you could host a gathering in your home for ten to twelve lute lovers.

This strategy is especially effective for test-driving Big Ideas.

I once had a client named Virginia who had dreams of opening a dance studio. Before she knew it, she was knee-deep in commercial real estate brochures and cumbersome questions about insurance and employee compensation. She was, to put it mildly, discouraged.

After some discussion of what about her initial idea had so engaged her (“working with young artists,” “bringing spirituality and dance together,” and “giving real, practical help and advice — after all, I was a dancer, too — I’ve been there!”), she realized that she could begin by offering a one-day intensive workshop.

Her church would be happy to rent her a space very inexpensively, and suddenly the idea of only having to get fifteen dancers in a room for one day seemed very doable.

Eventually, Virginia did open a dance studio that focused on the intersection of movement and spirituality, but she ended up doing it through her church, thus saving her a million administrative headaches and allowing her to focus on the part of the work that truly inspired her: teaching.

Increase the Scope of Your Project

Maybe you’re stuck because you’re bored. You’ve been thinking too small.

Perhaps rather than trying to sell your jewelry at local craft fairs, it might be more exciting to sell your items online to a global audience of moneyed fans.

Maybe rather than auditioning for the local community chorus, you’d like to book an evening at a piano bar and offer your very own one-person cabaret show.

Try this: Write down a number-related aspect of your goal, then add a zero.

So if you’ve been thinking you’d like to make $10,000, what happens when you open up to the idea of making 100,000?

If you’re working on selling five or ten of something, what does selling fifty or a hundred look like?

Rather than trying to grow your email list a person at a time, what if you found a way to grow your list a thousand people at a time?

Thinking big gets you out of your self-imposed limitations. You stop thinking about what’s possible for you to accomplish on your own, and you start thinking about what’s needed for this quantum leap to happen.

“What does the project need?” is a much more fruitful question than “How do I do this by myself?”

Ask any successful creative entrepreneur her secret and every single one will tell you, “I got out of the way of the vision.”

Action Step

Write down three to five variations in scope of your project and see which size project feels like the best fit.

(Note: Don’t worry about what you think you are capable of doing; just pick the one that makes your heart go thump thump thump and live with the idea for a while.)

After you’ve done the exercise, come back and leave a comment. I would love to see what you came up with!

Big Wheel

Big Wheel

Zone of Genius.
Being in Flow.
Work That Doesn’t Feel Like Work.

Creative people have a special talent for getting into the groove of a project and surfing the energy of it for hours and hours.

In this state of creative flow, there is no such thing as fear, procrastination, anxiety or self-doubt — there is only the joy of the work.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make money from that same joyful place?

How much money would you like to be bringing in?

How much time would you like to spend each week on your art?

How many people do you think you could help if you were to create this life?

I know it’s possible, because I’ve done it.

And I’d like to help you do it.

Join The 94th Percentile
    • Only 6% of entrepreneurs ever make it to six-figures. (I’m one of them.)

Less than 10% of actors ever earn more than $10,000/year acting. (I’m one of them.)

Selling over 200 copies of a book of poetry makes it a “best-seller.” (I’ve done well over that.)

Less than 2% of completed manuscripts ever get a publishing contract. (I’ve done that.)

Now, these statistics are debatable, but even so, if you read them the wrong way you might come to believe that I am some kind of superwoman.

Not so.

I succeeded at those things because I had an idea and didn’t stop working until I made that idea a reality.

I succeeded because I was undistractible.

I succeeded because I didn’t know what I was doing was impossible.

Luckily, impossible things happen every day.

The truth I see is this:

The Odds Have Nothing To Do With Your Probability of Success

Odds are important when it comes to things that involve mathematical certainty – not creative success.

Once you are actually getting your work out into the world, the idea of “odds” becomes completely immaterial.

Conventional wisdom matters when you are doing conventional things.

Creativity and entrepreneurship are, by definition, the opposite of conventional.

Logic applies to things that obey the rules of logic.

Art and love and creative success is anything but logical.

So get those negative voices OUT of your head.

You CAN succeed doing what you love.

You CAN make money doing what you love.

You CAN create a life that is perfect for you.

Reinventing the Wheel

The problem is that no one ever taught you how to take control of your creative power and use it to help people & make money.

Some of you may have even been taught that making art was “selfish” and a sure-fire way to become a “starving artist.” I say: HOOEY.

There is plenty of money and success and joy in the world for those who want to go get it.

And I think you might be one of those people.

What If I Gave You My System and We Customized It For You?

What if we could spend the day together here in Southern California (somewhere around Los Angeles or Santa Barbara) and together we could make a plan for you to:

– bring in at least $1,500/month doing work you love

– have a marketing plan that feels like a party

– schedule your time so you get plenty of rest, meditation and exercise

I’m opening up a few spaces in my calendar for some select individuals to join me for a Big Wheel VIP Day.

We’ll meet in a swanky hotel room (my treat and of course you’ll stay the night : ) and talk, work, have lunch, work some more and by the middle of the afternoon, we’ll have created a fun, workable plan for you to execute over the next 3 months.

I’ll also give you monthly follow-up calls plus email support.

Does this sound interesting to you?

I urge you to fill out the no-obligation application HERE

Even if you have no intention of ever doing this VIP day thing, the act of answering the quesions can be VERY ILLUMINATING. And I promise I won’t care if you fill it out and then never take another step. No worries.

Once my team gets your application, we’ll review it and if it seems like a good fit, we’ll invite you to have a 20-minute Big Wheel Evaluation Session with me.

MY PROMISE: I will not let you invest in this day with me unless I’m pretty confident we can create something at least as good as the plan I’ve outlined above. If I don’t think you’re ready, I won’t let you book it. Fair deal?

Willing to Take One Small Step?

I want you to fill out the no-obligation application HERE — and then, if you decide you’re really interested, we’ll talk about whether or not it’s the right move for you.

Thank you for reading.

And please leave a comment below to let me know how all this strikes you — I’m very interested in your reaction to this offer.

P.S. Here’s the reason I’m excited about offering the Big Wheel VIP Day experience:

I’m at my best when I can work intensively on one big project. Spending 4 hours with me all at once is better than a full year of monthly calls – I guarantee it.

I get more inspired, more intuitive and more genius-y when I get to spend the day focused on YOU.

So that’s why I’m offering this new format – because I think it will be more effective than anything else I’ve ever offered.

Fill out the application and see how it feels, why don’t you?

Thanks for being willing to experiment with me.


Get Out Of A Rut – Try Something New

Wear something different today.
Have something unusual for lunch.
Drive a different route home.
Listen to a different radio station.
Change your catch-phrase.
Learn a new computer skill.
Shop in a different grocery store.
Try a new beverage.
Shake up your workout routine.

Varying your routine – even in the smallest and most incremental way – can shake loose a whole bunch of delightful new thoughts.

You get to choose at least some of the elements of your life, so enjoy exercising that privilege, OK?